The Rumi is a pleasant hotel but felt more like a hotel for business travelers than someone seeing the sights. Indeed, the only sightseers we saw in Konya were Muslims visiting the shrine or there to see the Whirling Dervishes. The hotel had functional cookie cutter rooms with confortable beds. The rooms were clean although ours did smell of smoke. However, we didn't ask for a nonsmoking room so maybe it's my fault. Ours was rather dark but I did see others with more light. Although we had a standard room we had a sitting area with a table and two chairs so that was a plus. The air conditioner worked but was weak, but then it was Spring so maybe it wasn't turned up for Summer weather yet. The view from the breakfast room was superb and the breakfast excellent. The staff were helpful but didn't speak much English. However, we got the information we needed.
The hotel is okay, but it's location across from the Mevlana (Rumi) Museum is really its strong point. Konya is an intriguing city off the tourist track. The Museum is small but you do get some understanding of the sufis from the exhibits. If you can, plan your trip to Konya to catch a Whirling Dervish cermony. They're held periodically at a large auditorium at the edge of town. We were lucky as our trip coincided with a performance. It was a marvel. The atmoshere of a large auditorium was anything but atmospheric. However, the event was taken very seriously and clearly the religious feeling and trancelike state of the participants was real. As far as I could tell, we were the only Westerners in the crowded audience -- for me this heightened the experience.
The city itself is also worthwhile. Unlike Istanbul with it's restaurant touts and endless rug salemen, Konya is a real place where you can enjoy the low key ambience of the city without being harassed. The Rumi is a good hotel well positioned to let you experience the city while still enjoying Western comforts. So, altough I'm keener on the city than I am on the hotel, I'd recommend both.
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